GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida lab spearheaded a campaign to recruit insects as allies that can aid in reducing plant stress to enhance food security. The initial, 12-month “recruiting” effort by Jane Polston, a professor of… Read More
By Ralph E. Mitchell For a vegetable that was domesticated over four-thousand years ago, the eggplant has come a long way! Although not a vegetable that everyone likes, this meaty fruit is a delicious and productive “vegetable” that… Read More
Josh Freeman, Associate Professor of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, Xavier Martini, Assistant Professor of Entomology, University of Florida, Mathews Paret, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Stormy Sparks, Professor of Entomology, University of Georgia, and… Read More
By Ralph E. Mitchell Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County? The short answer is both “yes” and “no”. While this magnificent symbol of the tropics makes a wonderful landscape feature in some places, it is… Read More
For more information about Bondar’s nesting whitefly see this pest alert. Here is a fact sheet on Bondar’s nesting whitefly. Rugose spiraling whitefly pest alert.
The first symptoms are the leaves turn yellow, then they drop off. Ficus trees without their leaves are one of the most obvious symptoms of a whitefly infestation. If the foliage is disturbed the small, white gnat-like adult… Read More